Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

We are very happy to announce yet another milestone for Chef Koochooloo, and our little Delarai.

The Marinero Castro School will be holding their famous annual fundraiser Walkathon on Friday, October 1oth. This will be Delarai’s first ever Walkathon, (she is very excited and is planning to do at least 5 laps). Chef Koochooloo has been invited to host a table offering healthy vegetarian food options for all participants.  We have selected a few Argentinian specialities that we’ll teach and cook with the kids at the YMCA after school program at Castro. What better way to involve the kids in fundraising efforts for their own school?

Of course, we’ll follow the usual Chef Koochooloo lesson plan, teaching kids all about Argentina fun facts, and social issues, while enforcing healthy food choices.

A very special thanks to Mr. Ebin and the team from the “Rose International Gourmet Market”, who donated a few ingredients to the school for the recipe below. The list (fully explored in the INGREDIENTS section) includes rice, fresh carrots, nutritious  celery!

Rose International Gourmet Market

Rose International Gourmet Market

A special thanks to Venus Kalami and Rachel Zarrow from Clearly Kombucha for donating a few cases of the amazing  healthy ice teas for the Walkathon.  We will be selling those at the Chef Koochooloo table on Friday from 2-6pm, or find out more about the health benefits of Kambucha on their Facebook Page.

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Clearly Kombucha is ready to refresh with its delicious beverages!

We will be offering healthy, exotic and delicious options at the Walkathon. If you are local, stop by and visit us at the booth, while supporting the Mariano Castro Elementary School!

And for those of you who are not local, here a sneak peak and one of the recipes we’ll be featuring. Enjoy!

Country we are exploring:  Argentina

Continent:  South America

Language(s) spoken: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

Spanish Name:   Ensalada Argentina de Arroz con Vegetales

Fun Fact about Argentina:

The first animated cartoon was created by an Argentine cartoonist named Quirino Cristiani. These movies were released to the public many years ago, in 1917 and 1918.

Did you know?

Argentina suffers from inflation. Inflation means that the cost of goods and services goes up very quickly. For instance, if a piece of candy costs $1.00 today, with inflation it could possibly cost $1.50 the next week.

Discussion ideas: How can inflation affect what ingredients families buy for dinner?

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Ingredient spotlight: Peas

Peas have a variety of excellent health benefits for example they have anti-aging, properties and they also benefit the immune system making it stronger, finally they help the body maintain a high level of energy.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ Cup White Rice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 carrot (cut into cubes)
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup of corn kernel
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 stalks of celery (chopped finely)
  • 1 small red onion (sliced in small pieces)

Big Chef Duties:

  • Chop celery very finely, leave some pieces for garnishing
  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add rice to water saucepan and cook for about 17 minutes
  • Add carrot to second saucepan of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes
  • Transfer cooked carrots to a bowl
  • Add peas to boiling water (where the carrots cooked) and cook for a minute
  • Transfer cooked peas to carrot bowl with vinegar
  • Add the rice to the bowl

Little Chef Duties:

  • Cut carrots into cubes
  • Cut onion in small pieces
  • Open can of peas
  • Fill a saucepan with salted water
  • Add 2 tablespooons of olive oil, vinegar and oregano to bowl with cooked carrots
  • Add the celery and the onion to the bowl
  • Season with salt and pepper

Cook Rice

Learn while you wait: (Introduce a Math, history or science related fact)

Water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface, and it is essential for sustaining life on Earth.

PRESENTATION

  • Place salad in a preferred bowl and ad some garnish celery to it

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As they say in Argentina:

Buen Provecho!

 

Crumb Sandwich

Yesterday we had the opportunity to share the Chef Koochooloo idea with the 1st graders of the Belmont Oaks Academy.  The kids had a great time discovering Argentina, while preparing the all time favorite Argentinian snack, the Sandwich de Miga! Our thanks go to the Academy and to the teachers, Erin Reaves and Danielle Thompson.

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Sandwiches de miga are popular food items in Argentina where they are consumed mainly at parties or as snacks. These sandwiches de miga are similar to the English cucumber sandwich and it also resembles the Italian tramezzino. They are single or double layered sandwiches, made from a thin white bread without crust, filled with thinly sliced meat such as ham, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, and other vegetables.

Here are the country facts in our traditional Chef Koochooloo format:

Course Category: Appertizer

Continent: South America

National Language: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Crumb Sandwich

Argentinian Name: Sandwich de Miga

The kids were very quick to spot Argentina on the globe. They already knew that the national language is Spanish and they even spoke some Spanish themselves! They were very interested to learn that the capital Buenos Aires actually means “good air” but were concerned to hear that this is no longer the case because of air pollution.

What captured their attention even more was the economic phenomenon of inflation. When introducing Argentina, one cannot but talk about the great economic challenge this country has been facing during the last decade. The kids where fast to grasp that inflation is a sustained increase in the general price level. Put in their own words “inflation means that all the prices go up and you can buy less with your money, so your money is not worth as much”. In this simple way we introduced the concepts of inflation and currency devaluation and had a spelling challenge, which they passed with flying colors!

Argentina, however, has much more than a gloomy economy. Argentina is the land of Tango! The kids were very enthusiastic to try it out! Claudia, out native Argentinian colleague simplified the Tango steps: Tango is about drawing a square with your feet! Geometry did the trick and the kids picked up on some great Argentinian dancing skills! The music in the background certainly captured their interest and increased their engagement.

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After dancing, we all got really hungry, so we started preparing our sandwiches right away:

Ingredients:

  • Sliced bread
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Corn
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas.

Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas.

Ingredient spotlight: Lettuce

Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas. Lettuce is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes growth, the immune system, reproduction, and vision. More nutritional notes about lettuce can be found here

Preparation

Little chef tasks

Prepare your ingredients:

  • This is a crumb sandwich, so our first task is to remove the crust from our two bread slices.
  • Add ketchup and mayonnaise in a bowl and mix well to make the sauce

Here we introduced the primary and secondary colors  by asking:

When adding red ketchup and yellow mayonnaise, what color do you think you sauce will be?

  • Wash the tomato and the lettuce
  • Slice the tomato
  • Cut the lettuce (if not precut)

Layer your sandwich:

  • Lay your bread slice and spread the sauce
  • Add the cheese, the lettuce, and the tomato and then sprinkle some corn on top.
  • Top it with your second slice of bread

Give you sandwich your favorite shape:

  • Cut your sandwich to make two small rectangles or two triangles or even 4 small squares! Here we introduced the basic shapes and some elements of geometry that the kids can visualize. 

At this point, the kids had learned a lot and it was time to enjoy:

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¡Buen provecho is Spanish for “Enjoy your meal”

 

Outback Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup main ingredients, the carrot, is a great source of vitamin. Lear more about it reading our recipe here!

Carrot Soup main ingredients is… the carrot! And carrots are a great source of vitamin. Lear more about them reading our recipe!

Country we are exploring: Australia

Continent: Australia

National Language: English

English Recipe Name: Outback Carrot Soup

Australian Name: Outback Carrot Soup

Did you know that Australia has been through many droughts, which is when there is not enough rain for a very long period of time. The worst recent drought lasted from 1995-2009 – that’s 14 years! When there is a drought, there are also water restrictions, which means you can only use a little bit of water. If you were a kid in Australia, you would have to forget about taking long showers and running through sprinklers for fun.

Discussion questions: How would you feel if you knew that your country was running out of water? What would you do differently to help save water?

Click here to take action and save water! 

Kids love this country because…

Australia is the only place where koalas live. They are not bears, but they look like cute and cuddly teddy bears with grey fur and big, round, black noses. Koalas live high up in trees, sleep all day, and only wake up for 4-5 hours at night. They only eat eucalyptus leaves, which are poisonous to most animals. Koalas are hard to see in the wild, but you can pet them at the zoo!

Carrots have a lot of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and your tummy. Many years ago, carrots were originally purple, red, yellow, and white, but not orange. Over time, humans grew carrots on farms and mixed together different colored carrots to get orange ones.

Carrots have a lot of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and your tummy. Many years ago, carrots were originally purple, red, yellow, and white, but not orange. Over time, humans grew carrots on farms and mixed together different colored carrots to get orange ones.

Ingredient Spotlight

Carrots have a lot of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and your tummy. Many years ago, carrots were originally purple, red, yellow, and white, but not orange. Over time, humans grew carrots on farms and mixed together different colored carrots to get orange ones.

INGREDIENTS (Makes 12 servings)

  • 8-10 carrots, chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • Whole wheat bread rolls, sliced
  • Low fat vegetable oil spread or butter
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish
  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • 1 jar of vegemite (If you can find it! Vegemite is a popular dark brown spread that Australians usually eat on bread or crackers. You can find it in some specialty food stores that sells international foods. If you don’t have vegemite, this will still be a delicious classic carrot soup. As they say in Australia, “No worries mate!”)

PREPARATION

Little Chef Duties:

  • Wash carrots and celery
  • Grate ginger and lemon rind
  • While the veggies are cooking, spread butter on each piece of bread and arrange them on a plate (If you can get vegemite to make it even more Australian, spread a tiny bit on the buttered bread).
  • Once soup is in bowls, add a spoonful of sour cream to each one.

Big Chef Duties:

  • Chop up the onion, celery, and carrots
  • Sauté onion, garlic, celery, ginger, carrots, and lemon until onions are transparent
  • Pour in broth, 1 tbsp vegemite, salt & pepper, and simmer until carrots are soft (about 20 minutes).
  • Pour into food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add hot water until soup is desired consistency.
  • Use a ladel to pour soup into bowls

Presentation:

  • Add a sprig of rosemary on top of the sour cream as a garnish.

Learn while you wait: (Introduce a Math, history or science related fact to your kids while the food is ready!)

Name 5 more foods that grow under the ground like carrots do!

Possible answers: Potatoes, Beets, Onions, Yams, Ginger

As they say in Australia, cheers mate!

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Possible substitutions:

  • Yogurt instead of sour cream
  • Crackers instead of bread

Finally we want to thank our incredible contributor Holly, she made this recipe to share with all our Chef Koochooloo readers and she did an amazing job sharing fun, interesting and important facts about Australia, the country and the culture.

Thank you Holly for the delicious recipe! We would’ve love to have more recipes from you soon!

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Quiche (French Tarts)

Alsace, is the smallest of the 27 regions of France and is in the border with Germany, the fusion of French and German culture is more than evident here than in other parts of France.

Alsace, is the smallest of the 27 regions of France and is in the border with Germany, the fusion of French and German culture is more than evident here than in other parts of France.

Name of recipe (English): French Tart

Name of recipe (French): Quiche

Country or Origin: French with roots in Germany

Continent: Europe

Why kids would love France/Germany: We have mentioned before Europe is a perfect place for kids because it has Eurodisney. But it also has many amazing landmarks and castles, besides many fairytales have origins in Europe and kids would love to hear where they come from.

Why is this recipe special to me?

As I have mentioned in other of my posts, my husband is originally from France and he loves everything related to the French cuisine, beside that I have spent quite amount of time in France and I have come to love all things related to its wonderful flavor. I think this is also an amazing way to introduce our daughter to her French roots. And now, let’s cook!

Why big chefs care?

The combination of ingredients that takes to make a great quiche presents the opportunity to offer a balanced nutritional menu to the family. While the traditional quiche (Quiche Lorraine) is made with pastry crust, filled with cheese and cropped bacon pieces, the current versions can include a mixture of meat and vegetables and in our case; this recipe has one incredible ingredient, spinach. This vegetable has a fair amount of nutritional ingredients and is very low in calories.

Why little chefs care?

They will learn a little known fact about the quiche, the word ‘quiche’ actually comes from the German vocabulary ‘kuchen’ and it means cake.

Spinach, similar to other dark green veggies, contains beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that works to fight heart disease and cancer. Raw spinach is also a good source of vitamin C.

Spinach, similar to other dark green veggies, contains beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that works to fight heart disease and cancer. Raw spinach is also a good source of vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • Pastry dough (1 layer)
  • Zucchini ( ½ cup)
  • Onion (1 ½ cup)
  • Tomatoes (1 cup)
  • Green/Red pepper (1)
  • Mushrooms (½ cup)
  • Spinach (3 handfuls and chopped if preferred)
  • Cheese (½ cup)
  • Milk (¾ cup)
  • Eggs (6)
  • Salt (½tbsp)
  • Olive Oil (1tbsp)
  • Paprika (½ tbsp)
  • Black Pepper (½ tbsp)
  • Baking powder (½ tbsp)
  • Flour (3 tbsp)

Little chef prep work: Measure all the ingredients and prepare the oven dish with the pastry dough.

Cooking instructions:

  • While you are mixing the ingredients for the Quiche, prepare your oven. Preheat it to 320 F degrees.
  • In a large pan add the olive oil, onions, red pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini and sauté all the vegetables until the onion has become transduced and the mushroom is cooked, this will take about 5 minutes. Then put them aside.
  • Take a large bowl and mix the other ingredients, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, cheese (or not, depending on your dietary preference). Once you have this mix is time to add the vegetables and combine until everything is mixed perfectly.
  • Now take your pastry dough and place it in your baking dish selection, make sure it is covering all surfaces of the ceramic dish. Once you have done this is time to add the mixture and put it in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes. You will know is ready when a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  • Once out let cool for about 5 minutes and you are ready to serve! Enjoy.

Finally enjoy, as they say in FrenchBon Appetite’ and in GermanMahizeit!’

kITCHEN FUN

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Asparagus soufflé

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower

This recipe is special to me because I lived for a few years in France and not being a huge fan of meat dishes, I was often saved by vegetarian soufflés.  My friend Julie who grew up in the South of France, had a great venture called “Oh la la Tartes” and created this beautiful soufflé (recipe handed to her by her Mom) and I have fallen in love with this dish ever since.

Country we are exploring: France

Continent: Europe

Language spoken: French

English Recipe Name: Asparagus soufflé

Recipe Name in French: Soufflé aux asperges

Fun Fact about France: Disneyland Paris, Eiffel Tower, Futurescope, need I say more?

Did you know? 

France has the highest rate of autism in Western Europe. Autism happens when someones brain develops differently, this can make it harder for some kids to talk, listen, and play. Even though autism has to to do with the way the brain develops, France see it as a mental illness meaning there are many misunderstandings about autism in that country.

Action ideas/Link to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action:Educate kids about autism and the bullying that many young children with autism face. http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

Ingredient spotlight:  Asparagus

Asparagus can be green, white or purple!

Asparagus is high in fiber, folate and potassium, and contains bone-building vitamin K along with many antioxidants, including vitamins E, A and C.

Serving size: 2

Ingredients:

  • 5 Green Asparagus
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 1/2 Oz butter
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheesse
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs + 1 yolk
  • 4 chives
  • Salt and Pepper

Big Chef Duties:

  • Fill a large skillet with 1 inch of hot water and bring to a boil. Add asparagus. Partially cover and cook the asparagus until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain; refresh under cold water
  • Position rack on lowest level of oven; preheat to 375°F

  • Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat

  • Whisk in flour and cook, whisking often, for 2 minutes

  • Turn off heat and slowly whisk in hot milk

  • Return the heat to medium-low and continue whisking until the mixture is thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and put in a large bowl to give to LIttle Chefs

Once the Little Chef have finished their duties, 

Bake the soufflés on the bottom rack until puffy and golden (20 to 25 minutes)

Little Chef Duties:

  • Blot the asparagus dry with a clean kitchen towel, then cut into 1/2-inch slices (using children safe scissors such as Fiskars)

  • Coat six 10-ounce ramekins with butter and add fine bread crumbs

  • Place ramekins on a large rimmed baking sheet

  • Get the milk mixture from the big Chef and whisk in 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and nutmeg

As they say in France, “Bon Appetit”

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